Day by Day Cartoon by Chris Muir

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Must see video

Suzanna Gratia-Hupp testifying in CONgress...

Treed cat

Now for something completely different...

Looks a lot like my Lucky...h/t S. Weasel

Email to Tammy Gay

Just felt like it:


I just wanted to let you know that I, and a large majority of your constituents, want you to vote NO on any new gun control laws that may be introduced. Under no circumstances are you to introduce or sponsor any such infringements on our Constitutional rights.

You may have "dodged the bullet" in the last election, but be assured, we in Rock County are making sure of our "target" the next time you come up for election. If you wish to continue as our employee and representative, you will start voting against the following:

Tax increases

New bureaucracies

Expansion of power of existing bureaucracies

"Feel good" laws of any sort

Laws intended to "make us (feel) safe"

Any law not firmly based on existing Constitutional powers of the federal government

Any law based on the flawed interpretation of the Commerce Clause

Do this, and I might vote for you next time. Otherwise, remember - we are watching you, and we have long memories.

By the way - I put "quotation marks" around the "inflammatory" phrases above, in case someone attempts to do the TJIC thing to me. Why don't you look into why the State of Massachusetts broke the First Amendment with this person?

Website: - shut down by the MA police, evidently, for saying something they didn't like.

Email to Ron Johnson

I've seen many references lately to BATFE possibly prohibiting import of shotguns "not suited for sporting purposes", such as certain Saiga models. So:



I would like to ask you to take a look at the BATFE's rules considering whether or not a particular firearm is suitable for import because of its' possible "sporting" uses.

I hear the BATFE is considering ruling that certain shotguns, such as some models made by Saiga, are not "sporting" guns because they hold too many rounds, and others, in particular, reproductions of WWI "trench broom" 12ga guns, because of their evil bayonet lugs or metal hand guards.

First off, as you should know, the Second Amendment says nothing about hunting or target shooting. It is there to provide the American people with an assurance that the government will have nothing at all to do with regulating or denying access to arms by the American public.

I see this as immediately invalidating any law that calls for a gun to show a "sporting purpose" before we are allowed to possess it. The 1968 Gun Control Act, modeled on pre-WWII German law, is a blatant example of an infringement in this vein.

I believe the Constitution reserves lawmaking power to Congress, not un-elected bureaucrats, and that is is long past time for Congress to rein in these bureaus that seem to think they can mandate to the American people.

Baby steps - try and rein in the BATFE for a start - perhaps we can ward off the next Waco or Ruby Ridge incident. The CPSC, EPA, OSHA, FDA, DOE, HUD, HEW, etc, can be tackled as time permits. I'm not forgetting ObamaCare!

Think of all the money that could be saved by retiring these agencies, none of which has a sound basis in our Constitution for ever having been created.

Ms. Malkin hits another homer...

Waivers for Favors: Big Labor’s Obamacare escape hatch

By Michelle Malkin • January 28, 2011 11:15 AM

My syndicated column today takes another thwack at Obamacare waiver-mania, with more analysis of the 182 union beneficiaries who’ve obtained safe harbor from the costly mandate pushed by their Big Labor bosses.

Related: Unions make up 40 percent of employees exempted from Obamacare


Waivers for Favors: Big Labor’s Obamacare escape hatch
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2011

President Obama’s story-tellers recently launched a White House blog series called “Voices of Health Reform,” where “readers can meet average Americans already benefiting from the health reform law.” I propose a new White House series: “Voices of Health Reform Waivers,” where taxpayers can meet all the politically-connected unions benefiting from exclusive get-out-of-Obamacare passes — after squandering millions of their workers’ dues to lobby for the
job-killing, private insurance-sabotaging law from which they are now exempt.


Go read...

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Barack the Great

Breaking news on the radio - Osama says he told the President of Egypt to "avoid violence" and gave him other directives on how to run his country.

I hope Mr. Mubarak listens - it's obvious how successful America has been at solving thorny problems under The Won's leadership...

Who says spammers don't have a sense of humor?

Just got an email - subject line "Michelle Obama shows her warmer side"

I think it's a penis enlargement ad - not clicking the link to find out...

Friday, January 28, 2011

Rahm it in! Ill-Annoys needs the f***ing!

January 27, 2011

Supreme Court: Emanuel on Chicago mayor ballot

UPDATED at 7:15 p.m. by Liam Ford, Jeff Coen and David Heinzmann with more detail from Supreme Court opinion; election authority comment; ruling a topic in tonight's mayoral debate.

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that Rahm Emanuel can stay on the ballot for mayor of Chicago, saying in a unanimous decision that he meets the state's residency requirements despite spending most of the last year as White House chief of staff.


Bought and paid for...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Boxer's at it again...

A Demonrat talking about "common sense". You know the subject is idiotic.

Boxer to Introduce Common-Sense Concealed Firearms Act of 2011

By: Sen. Barbara Boxer's office

Washington, D.C. January 22, 2011 – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today announced that next week she will introduce the Common-Sense Concealed Firearms Act of 2011, which would require all states that allow residents to carry concealed weapons in public to have minimum standards for granting permits.


I am sure that nutcases will go right out and apply for those concealed carry licenses, and there will never be another crime committed with a gun ever again. After all, look at how well the preceding 20,000-odd infringements on our rights have worked!

Someone might want to inform the Senator that you don't apply for a permit to exercise an inalienable right.

Sent this to Kohl:

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today announced that next week she will introduce the Common-Sense Concealed Firearms Act of 2011

Please inform Ms. Boxer that one does not apply for governmental permission to exercise one's inalienable right to self-defense.

Also, please ask this dense woman why she thinks yet another law on top of the more than 20,000 illegal and un-Constitutional gun laws already in place is going to make one whit of difference to the nutcases among us.

Whatever you do, don't let us see your name as a co-sponsor of such a stupid bill. Remember - 2012 is coming, and we will not forget those who act against our best interests.


and this to Mr. Johnson:

I understand Barb Boxer is going to introduce yet another "feel good" gun control bill - the "Common-Sense Concealed Firearms Act of 2011", which, as is usual for someone of her mental acuity, neither "common sense" nor a good idea.

I've already requested that Mr. Kohl not sponsor such idiocy. I'm pretty sure I don't have to make the same request of you.

What I would ask is that you do all in your power to prevent such bills from ever seeing the Senate floor, and if the bill does make it there, please vote NO on it.

Thanks for supporting us in Wisconsin, even if mostly you just nullify Mr. Kohl's votes

H/t Gun Free Zone

Monday, January 24, 2011

Rahm it!

He's off the Chicago mayoral ballot - for now...

Update 1/26 - stayed by the Ill-Annoys Supreme Court. A stay is not a reversal, but his name might be on the ballot...

Jesus Hates Obama?

Probably not, but he sure is irritating...

"Banned" Super Bowl ad, supposedly.

More missives to Congresscritters

Phoned Kohl and Johnson to let them know I expect a NO vote on changing Senate rules to make filibusters more difficult, as sour-grapist Hairy Reid wants to do.

Mr. Johnson is on our side - but not so sure about Kohl - so sent him this email to make sure he gets the point:

Vote NO on any attempt to change the rules for filibusters in the Senate.

Mr. Reid lost. His attempt to silence the American people by making a filibuster harder is just sour grapes.

Vote NO. 2012 is coming, and we are watching.


It's getting redundant, ain't it?

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Don't say anything controversial in Taxachusetts...or you lose your Second Amendment rights...

Go read about it at Borepatch.

It appears TJIC is having problems with his web site...

The House votes to repeal OsamaCare!

Now, it's up to the Senate, and of course, getting enough votes to overturn Osama's expected veto.

Sent this to Kohl:

The people have spoken in the House.

Now, it's your turn. Vote to repeal this idiotic and un-Constitutional bill, and make your constituents happy.

Or, vote to keep this idiocy on the books, and ensure your place in the history of Wisconsin as just another political hack who ignored his bosses.

Your choice.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Osama gets a vistor!

From Taiwan Click on it to see the wide-screen version:

I love where Hu tosses Osama the keys to the stealth fighter...though I doubt he would make it as a parking valet...

Equality under the law

And stupidity, it seems...

Cat ordered to do jury service

A cat has been summoned to do jury service, even after his owners told the court he was "unable to speak and understand English".

Tabby Sal
Image 1 of 2
Tabby Sal has been summoned to do jury service

Anna Esposito, wrote to Suffolk Superior Crown Court in Boston, US, to explain that a mistake had been made, but a jury commissioner replied saying the cat, named Tabby Sal, "must attend" on March 23.

Mrs Esposito had included a letter from her vet confirming that the cat was "a domestic short-haired neutered feline".

Tabby Sal had been entered by Mrs Esposito under the 'pets' section of the last census. "When they ask him guilty or not guilty? What's he supposed to say - miaow?" She said.

"Sal is a member of the family so I listed him on the last Census form under pets but there has clearly been a mix-up."

A website for the US judicial system states that jurors are "not expected to speak perfect English".

Monday, January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr. day

A letter he wrote.

Read, and appreciate a great man.


How many would try something like this today?

She probably broke a few dozen modern FAA rules, not to mention OSHA...or the TSA...


Mr. Osama lays some Astroturf

At The Liberty Blog:

Barack Obama recently held a “Memorial Rally” after the mass-shooting in Tucson Arizona. Per the usual Obama theatrics, the rally looked and felt more like an Obama campaign stop. Michelle Malkin links to evidence of branded t-shirts and other goodies being handed out to attendees.

As Gateway Pundit points out, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs took the drivers seat in this week’s episode of Obama’s Astroturf machine.

When asked about the rally atmosphere, Gibbs had this to say.

I will say that I read the speech several times and thought that there wouldn’t be a lot of applause if any. I think many of us thought that. But I think there was a celebration, again, of the lives of those who had been impacted. Not just at that grocery store but throughout the country. And I think that, if that is part of the healing process, then that’s a good thing.

The problem with this statement is that it appears to be a complete front for what looked like a full scale astroturf campaign.

As you can see in the picture below, the Obama team actually put “applause” prompts on the Jumbotron during the rally.


Isn’t it amazing that the same political crew who accused the organic grassroots tea party movement of being astroturf happens to be the most astroturf political crew in American History?


Typical Lefty manipulation. The crowd is there to do as instructed, not because they are supportive of the cause or message, necessarily.

Reminds me of the anti-gun rally I attended years back in Daley Center when I was active with Concealed Carry, Inc. There were a couple thousand people there for the very professional rally - huge stage with big speakers, professional sound boards, and a cattle fence set up far to the rear of the stage for us "undesirables", so the media wouldn't get our crowd in their shots, or have to try and filter out our shouts.

There were a few hundred Chicago Public School students there - taken from their classes during a school day - there to pad out the crowd. I went into the crowd and asked a couple of the kids why they were there. "We were told we had to come" was one answer. Another kid didn't know what the rally was about.

Some of us tried to hand out copies of the Constitution to youngsters. When one of the adults - a man with a religious collar - noticed, he went to the kids who had copies and confiscated them.

To their credit, some kids refused to surrender their copies.

ATF helping Mexican gangs get guns?

Found at SnarkyBytes:


Seen at IMAO:

Been There, Mourned That… Got the Free T-Shirt!

Posted by Mr. Right on January 17, 2011 at 2:32 am

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Good point

The Arizona shooter did NOT legally purchase his weapon:

Constitutional Carry petition

Sign this petition to make Wisconsin the latest Constitutional Carry state.

News flash: Lefties are sometimes nutcases!

Remember Eric Fuller? The "veteran" who doesn't understand the Second Amendment?


(Updated) AZ Shooting Survivor Arrested for Death Threat Against Tea Party Leader

* Posted on January 15, 2011 at 5:46pm by Meredith Jessup Meredith Jessup
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J. Eric Fuller, a survivor of last weekend’s shooting massacre in Tucson, gained national notoriety this week after claiming shooter Jared Lee Loughner got conservatives Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin their “first target.” The Blaze also brought you the story of Trent Humphries, a Tucson-area tea party leader who was warned by police to “stay away from public places” as his organization was being targeted with threats following the shooting.

On Saturday morning, Fuller and Humphries met during a town hall-style event hosted by ABC’s Christianne Amanpour that featured family members of victims, Tucson citizens and community leaders. Toward the end of the meeting, local news reports that Fuller objected to comments made by Humphries and Arizona state Rep. Terri Proud, a Republican. In response, Fuller took a photo of Humphries and told him, “You’re dead.”‘

Pima County police deputies immediately escorted Fuller from the room. The Sheriff’s spokesman, Jason Ogan, confirmed Saturday afternoon that Fuller has been charged with threats & intimidation and disorderly conduct.

Shooting Victim Threatens Tea Partier:


Go read the whole thing.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Now for something completely different

Musical aircraft:

Seen at Zapato Productions

The left's view of the Arizona shooting

From "Democracy NOW!"

It's sad that a veteran of our military should not understand what the Second Amendment means. Not one word about maniacs murdering people.

H/t Theo Spark

Fred Pohl gets it wrong

At The Way the Future Blogs :

The Way the Future Blogs

Frederik Pohl
« Chip Delany, Part 2: The Miracle of Dhalgren
Mass Murder Courtesy of the NRA

Every newspaper in America, if not the world, gave the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of half a dozen other people by a creep named Jared Loughner page 1 coverage. However. the specific tool that Loughner used for his work of killing. was less widely reported.

He got them all — and wounded a dozen more — with his 9-millimeter Glock.

What is a Glock, and what is it designed to be used for? It’s a rapid-fire weapon that can accommodate a 30-bullet clip, and it has only one real use. It’s of very little value for hunting or for Grandma to keep under her pillow to repel burglars. What it is good for is the killing of groups of human beings by a single shooter, and for nothing else.

For that reason, it was outlawed by federal statute until 2004, when that law expired and our Congress, cowardly as it always is when it comes to offending the National Rifle Association, failed to renew it.

Since no conventional rifle or pistol could have murdered so many so fast, it is entirely due to the work of the National Rifle Association that most of this current crop of victims are dead.

I think it is self-evident that Jared Loughner did not particularly wish to kill, for example, Christina Taylor Green. After all, she was only nine years old and could have done little to offend him. The only reason she was in the group that Loughner fired into was that she had just been elected to her third-grade student council. She wanted to see how politicians operated.

I don’t know how many readers of this blog belong to the NRA, but if any are present now I’d like to ask a question:

Are you proud of yourself today?.

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I love Fred's writing, but it looks like he's gone over the wall on this subject.

Yes, I'm proud of myself, and I like to think I would be able to do something heroic like Joe Zamudio did, if I ever was in that situation.

Read the comments. Here's mine, in case it gets sent to the memory hole:


Fred, I've read many of your works and enjoyed them immensely. It saddens me to have to say this.

I am an NRA Life Member and a gun dealer. I sell tools like this
to people who pass the federal and state background checks. In Wisconsin, I also have to pay the state $13 to call into their "Handgun Hotline" that duplicates the FBI's E-Check system, and make my customer wait 48 hours before picking up his tool of freedom.

In your first paragraph, you make the mistake of blaming an inanimate object for the actions of a madman.

A gun is a tool. If this creep, who has been named quite too often, used a ball-peen hammer for his massacre, would you be calling for "hammer control". Of course not.

The Glock is a dependable tool for self-defense. The Second Amendment is not about hunting - someone as intelligent as you are ought to be able to figure that out.

I own two Glocks, a 10mm Model 20 and a 9mm Model 19. When Wisconsin joins the other states that do not illegally prohibit their citizens from carrying concealed, the 9mm will be my gun of choice. The 10mm sits next to my pillow, ready for the unlikely event that my home is invaded.

Neither gun has ever invited me to go on a killing spree.

Do you really want to live in a world where you need to prove your sanity in order to protect yourself?

You really ought to check your facts before making statements like these about a subject you obviously have not researched.

Any good hunting rifle could have murdered people as quickly and as finally, as could any magazine-fed handgun ever produced. Glock is a bogeyman because some ill-informed Congressperson back in the 1980's decided it was a "plastic gun" that "could not be found by metal detectors" - both wrong statements that got snatched by the liberal media as sound bites to be repeated ad-infinitum. This size of pistol was designed to enable people to conform to the new concealed carry laws then being enacted across the sane part of America.

Freedom has a price - part of that price is to accept that the world has evil people in it that can never be protected against without destroying that freedom. If you want to live in a state that prohibits all danger, I recommend that you try Great Britain - they've gone as far as to prohibit self defense, lest the criminal gets hurt.

Public Service Announcement

Click the image to see the whole thing:

Attribution: Mike Lester,

Osama is learning?

I studiously avoided watching the Arizona shooting memorial, because I could not abide hearing his voice, and I made the assumption that he would be spouting the usual liberal line.

Perhaps I was wrong. From everything I have read, he actually acted Presidential.

It's about time. Now, we have to hope for a change that is permanent, and that he actually is going to try and lead the country to a better future, rather than over the highest cliff he can find.

Fingers crossed. Not holding my breath,yet.

Arizona shooting hero speaks

A friend sent me a link to this:

We need more like Joe Zamudio.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sarah Palin on the Arizona shooting

Sarah Palin: "America's Enduring Strength" from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.

And the left:

H/t Ms.Underestimated

Falling down on the job

Hitlary takes a dive!

Letter to the editor

Spur of the moment, sent to the Beloit Daily News:

Recently, I read that our new Governor Walker was going to advocate cutting Wisconsin taxes in an effort to lure more businesses to our state, and help create jobs in this depression we are in.

I see complaining about how much these tax cuts are going to "cost" the state.

Let's get one thing really clear. Taxes are costs for businesses and private citizens, who end up paying them, since the businesses always pass on this cost of doing business. They are income to the state.

A cost is what you pay out to cover an expense. Lower income cannot be a cost - it might be a loss, but it can never be a cost.

If the state is bringing in less income for any reason - businesses leaving the state because of unreasonable regulation and high taxes, or less spending by the people who have lost their jobs, then the state must do what those businesses and citizens do when faced with lower income - STOP SPENDING SO MUCH.

It's really simple. Cut spending. Lower taxes will attract business. Consumer and business spending will rise. Government will take in more from sales taxes. Now, keep government from raising spending again because of the higher income, so we don't get back into this mess again.

This was Osama's good friend he's talking about.

One has to wonder how much of Ayre's philosophy Osama absorbed...

Monday, January 10, 2011

Another infringement coming?

So, Rep. Robert Brady of PA wants to ban us "threatening" our hired help.

By Peter Schroeder - 01/09/11 04:08 PM ET

Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) reportedly plans to introduce legislation that would make it a federal crime to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a federal official or member of Congress.

Brady told CNN that he wants federal lawmakers and officials to have the same protections against threat currently provided to the president. His call comes one day after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shot, along with 19 other people, at a public event in Tucson. A suspect is currently in custody.


My message to Tammy Gay:

I understand that Robert Brady from Pennsylvania is going to introduce a bill banning "threats" to lawmakers.

I know it's an alien concept to some Representatives and Senators, but we have this thing called the Constitution that absolutely prohibits Congress from passing any law limiting freedom of speech. Perhaps you could remind Rep. Brady of this document, and recommend he read and understand it before offering any more legislation to the House.

If this becomes a bill, I certainly hope you will not support it in any way.

Thank you.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Saturday, January 8, 2011

If you are going to use a simile...

use one that makes sense...

'We're digging ourselves out of a hole': Obama upbeat as jobless rate falls to lowest level for 19 months

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:54 PM on 7th January 2011

President Obama insisted America was 'digging itself out of hole' today as new figures offered a glimmer of hope for the country's beleaguered economy.

103,000 new jobs were created last month and the unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent, its lowest level in 19 months, the Labor Department said.


Any idiot knows the more you dig, the deeper you go. But our Osama isn't just any idiot!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

More emails, on probably a waste of bandwidth

To Kohl:

I understand that the House intends to pass a bill repealing the un-Constitutional law recently passed known as ObamaCare.

Be advised that I expect you to vote to pass a similar Senate bill, repealing this Obamanation from our country's laws.

I also expect you to sponsor the Senate version of the repeal bill.

Remember, 2012 is coming, and we are watching you.

To our new Senator Johnson:

Congratulations on your election.

Could you do something for me? Please submit a bill to repeal ObamaCare, or sign on as a sponsor of such a bill, to complement the House version currently being worked on.

Also - how about reading the Constitution in the Senate chamber, and insisting that all Senate bills have the relevant Constitutional authority cited in the bill?


Energy efficiency police stymied!


"The most original invention since the electric light bulb! Although a heatball is technically very similar to a light bulb, it is a heater rather than a source of light.

Heatballs fit into commonly found E27 and E14 sockets. Its efficiency [more...] is unprecedented.


In passively heated houses, light bulbs are a substantial source of heat. When these are substituted with energy saving lamps, the missing heat has to be introduced by other means.. [more...]


It is our duty to use the natural energy reserves of our planet judiciously to make it a comfortable living environment for future generations."



It's good to see idiots get kicked in the nuts by smart people. The green-nazis certainly are in need of kicking.

Now, let's get something like this going here to repair the federal ban on light bulbs here.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Email to our new governor

Hello, and congratulations on our victory!

You are a shining light in the darkness of socialist thought that has attempted to ruin our state for many years. Perhaps now we can shed some of the really stupid and oppressive laws passed by your predecessor and his cronies.

High on this list ought to be an act repealing the current concealed carry prohibition, and all prohibitions on weapons carried by law-abiding folks. People who use weapons in crimes can be prosecuted for their crimes, not for having the weapon. These laws have been there for centuries - we should enforce them.

Along with the repeal of these un-Constitutional laws against self-defense, you should look into abolishing the 'Handgun Hotline", another un-Constitutional infringement on our Second Amendment rights, not to mention an expensive duplication of the FBI's E Check program. One easy way to cut the cost of Wisconsin government is to eliminate duplication.

Please enforce the state ban on local gun control laws. the City of Beloit wants me to sign a register if I buy pistol ammunition. I am sure criminals don't bother, or get someone without a criminal record to make the purchase. Who should ever be required to "sign in" to exercise an unalienable right?

Thank you very much for giving Mr. Van Hollen the go-ahead to sue the feds over ObamaCare. An extremely good first step towards fiscal responsibility there!

It wouldn't hurt to rein in the DNR, also. The lakes and rivers of Wisconsin belong to the people of Wisconsin, not to the DNR. Make them understand this fact.

Also, making it known that you will veto any legislation that does not have a valid basis for existing under both federal and state Constitutions would be nice.

Keep up the good work!


Chuck Kuecker

Email to John Boehner

Congratulations on your new title. I hope you are able to help us undo some of the illegal acts Mr. Obama and his sycophants have rammed through the last Congress.

The first thing you ought to do is insist that any new law proposed be accompanied by the relevant Constitutional section that explicitly allows the federal government to legislate on that subject.

Repealing ObamaCare ought to be near the top of the list, along with an investigation of the BATFE, the FDA, the EPA, and the FCC for overstepping their legal powers.

Permanently repealing the immoral "Death (estate) Tax" should also be a priority.

Of course, work towards a "fair tax" and a repeal of the 16th Amendment are important goals, as well as a limit on federal spending to 10% or less of the current GNP. Shutting down all those un-Constitutional alphabet soup agencies ought to help achieve this.

Anyway, good luck, and my best wishes for your success. Whatever we can fix before 2012 will help, but once we have rid our country of Mr Obama and the remainder of his socialist hangers-on, the real work will be just starting. There's about 200 years of federal overstepping to be reversed, and close to 20 million laws to be repealed.

Monday, January 3, 2011

It's the LAW!

Effective next month, every private home in Wisconsin MUST have multiple CO detectors in place, or ELSE - nothing. The law has no teeth.


Once a law is on the books, it's trivial for our "public servants" to pass a modifier, quietly, that makes it a felony to not comply, or provide for a huge fine and unannounced "inspections" to assure compliance. Case in point, Illinois' seat belt laws - once only enforced after a legitimate traffic stop, now a primary reason TO stop you - and a nice income source for the Demonrats who run the asylum down there.

I hate the phrase "there oughtta be a law!", but perhaps we ought to encourage a few amendments to the Wisconsin Constitution - one could be "no law that proposes to force people to act safely in their private lives shall be proposed, and any existing law that forces people to act safely or purchase anything to promote personal safety shall be null and void at the date of adoption of this amendment"...

It could be called "The Darwin Amendment". One very bad thing governments have done for the human race is to prevent Darwin's theories from being proven more widely by "nanny state" laws.

If the gov't wants to encourage safety, perhaps they could steal less from us as "taxes", and perhaps insurance companies could offer lower rates to people who show they have incorporated these safety devices on their own. I in no way am proposing the gov't to legislate insurance discounts or anything else - they ought to keep their noses out of private lives. The only public safety issues they legitimately have are things like maintaining public roads and such so as to minimize dangers to the public. They sure dropped the ball on traffic roundabouts...

UI follies

Tried to apply for unemployment. The office opens at 7:45 AM. Called at 8.

After sitting through the obligatory "press 1 for English" and "press 1 to file a claim" messages, I got a two minute message telling me why I have to give my SSN. Then, and only then, I was allowed to type in the SSN, and verify they got it right.

Another message, telling me there's a large volume of calls today, and they would try to transfer the call. Transfer noises.

Then "There are no agents available. Call back later". Total time tying up one of their incoming lines was about six minutes.

I called back a few minutes later - after re-entering all that data, got into the wait queue. After a couple minutes, the hold blurb about how you can do all this stuff - except the reason I was calling (because they told me I had to speak to someone live!) on the Internet - was interrupted by a male voice advising me of a 22-minute minimum wait for a live agent.

I hung up and drove out to Juda to apply for a real job.